NAMI Illinois Annual Conference

While on the subject of conferences, I'll also be speaking at the annual NAMI Illinois conference!!! I'm very excited to be able to offer a speech to my fellow NAMI members on the topic of NAMI, THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN ILLINOIS. I'll be speaking on Saturday October 13th in the morning. However, don't just [...]

Recovery Is…

There are as many definitions to the word "recovery" as there are people who are attempting to reach it. We who were brutally traumatized in childhood aren't really in "recovery" as we didn't start in life whole, rather we are attempting to make our lives better while living with the effects of having been harmed [...]

Dry Wells

Being open to other people about the severe abuse I suffered as a child has been very challenging.  At first, I wore a sign on my forehead that said, “incest” and when I shook hands with someone I would announce, “Hi, my name is Shirley and I’m a survivor of severe childhood trauma.” I am [...]

Finding Beauty After Trauma

Enjoy the beauty around you, after all, you only get one life.

Do You Understand the Difference?

Whose fault/responsibility is my life? Mine or someone else's?

I Refuse to be Undefined by Trauma

Just who is Shirley J. Davis?

Shame in Adulthood

A scholarly paper on shame.

Why Do I Write About Dissociative Identity Disorder and Trauma?

I write a blog about life and trauma, why?

The Difficult Question, “Why?”

Why? The most basic question of all survivors of childhood trauma.

Life is Fatal

Death is inevitable, so why not live?

Further Words on Making the Decision to Live and Not Be Miserable

A further explanation of just what the hell I was talking about

Suffering During Christmas is a Choice

Why Be Miserable at Christmas? Why not choose something different?

Embarking on a New Adventure

Leaving the past in the past takes courage. Walking into the future does too.

Introduction: The Ten Stages of Recovery from Childhood Trauma

An introduction to future blog posts about the stages of recovery from childhood trauma.